Sports Media Digest- September 18, 2013

Wash, Rinse, Repeat- NFL Week 2 King of the Ratings

The NFL announced that once again NFL action topped the television ratings for week 2.  The top three programs for the week was NFL games; CBS’s national game on Sunday (primarily Broncos/Giants) had an audience of 26.4 million viewers, followed by Sunday night’s 49’ers/Seahawks game at 20.5 million and ESPN’s Monday night Steelers/Bengals at 16.5 million.

In 29 of the 32 local NFL markets, NFL games were the number one rated show:

Week of 9/9 – 9/15  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013

49.2

71

1

Seattle 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013

45.2

66

1

Denver Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013

43.2

70

1

Milwaukee Redskins at Packers 09/15/2013

41.6

67

1

Kansas City Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013

39.0

65

1

Washington DC Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013

38.8

58

1

San Diego Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013

36.8

56

1

Indianapolis Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013

35.4

59

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013

35.1

51

1

Chicago Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013

31.5

60

1

Buffalo Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013

30.5

55

1

Detroit Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013

30.4

49

1

Baltimore Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013

30.2

57

1

Boston Jets at Patriots** 09/12/2013

29.8

51

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013

28.9

63

1

Houston Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013

27.7

54

1

Cleveland Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013

27.3

55

1

Nashville Titans at Texans 09/15/2013

26.8

47

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013

25.9

46

1

Tampa Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013

25.3

41

1

Dallas Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013

25.2

50

1

Phoenix Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013

21.6

44

1

New York Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013

21.4

39

1

Atlanta Rams at Falcons 09/15/2013

21.2

42

1

Charlotte Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013

20.3

39

1

Miami Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013

20.3

38

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Raiders 09/15/2013

20.2

35

1

Cincinnati Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 17.1

32

1

Pittsburgh Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 15.6

29

1

Bleacher Report Bolsters NBA Writing Staff with Four Prominent Hires

The Bleacher Report announced today that it has added four writers to cover its NBA beat this season.

Prominent among them is Howard Beck, who is leaving the New York Times to serve as the site’s national NBA lead writer.

Also hired were Kevin Ding, formerly of the Orange County Register to cover the L.A. Lakers; Ethan Skolnick formerly from a number of South Florida papers to cover the Miami Heat; and Jared Zwerling who will serve as the lead NBA analyst and contribute features, breaking news and video analysis.

MLB Network to Televise The Lyman Bostock Story

MLB Network will produce a special looking back on the life and career of Minnesota Twins and California Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock who was murdered four seasons into his career at the age of 27.

Bob Costas will narrate the special, which features the first on-camera interview with Bostock’s widow, Yuovene Whistler, since the night she lost her husband.

The Lyman Bostock Story airs Sunday at 10:00p.m. ET.

ESPN, ATP Extend Agreement on Expanded Coverage of Three Events

ESPN and the ATP World Tour have announced  a long-term agreement that will expand coverage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.; Sony Open Tennis in Miami; and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals currently played in London.

More than 44 hours of coverage of the events will be carried live on television, along with more live action from every ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 500 tournament will be on ESPN3 – totaling up to 1,200 hours annually.

“ESPN is thrilled to expand coverage of three of the biggest events outside the Major Championships – Indian Wells, Miami and the ATP World Tour season finale,” said Jason Bernstein, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions who oversees both ESPN3 and ESPN’s tennis business.  “ESPN3 presents more live tennis action than any other U.S. outlet year-round, with multiple simultaneous matches available on broadband and via WatchESPN no matter where you are.”

Mark Young, CEO ATP Americas and Chief Media Officer, said, “We’re delighted to sign this extended agreement with ESPN, paving the way for even greater TV coverage and viewership in the US of our biggest events.  ESPN is a terrific broadcast partner for the ATP and, with more fans tuning into ATP World Tour events than ever before, it’s a very exciting time to be a part of the Tour.”

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